It was Geithoorn day. It is around 1.5 hours away from Amsterdam and one needs to take a train till Steenwijk followed by bus no. 70. This place looks straight out from fairyland. It is called Venice of the Netherlands but it’s much better than Venice (I have been there and it's overhyped :P)! There is an inland transportation system in Geithoorn and one can hire boats for as less as 20 euro an hour. Alternatively one can take a cruise for 10 Euro per person. For us, it came complimentary with our day travel pass. This was a steal deal at just 26 euro to and fro with cruise included!
The next day, we set a sail to Giethoorn center yet again for the very famous boat riding all by ourselves. A lot of vendors are available to rent their boats. We had rented a whisper boat which is basically an open punter boat equipped with silent electric motor that is powered – hence the nick name ‘whisper’.The initial five minutes of helming the boat was scary, to be honest – for someone who has never helmed one. Bumping into other boats, turning the wrong way etc. But, once you get a hang of it, it’s amazing!!! Enjoy the boat ride for about an hour without the stench and noise of engines and explore the rustic surroundings. Make sure to follow the map in order, not to get lost.
Planning out a vacation this summer along the waterside and canals? And, it’s not Venice! Welcome to Giethoorn…Giethoorn often termed as “Dutch Venice” located in northern Holland is a perfect destination with small canals and thatched roof farmhouses. It has its own charm with quiet and serene surroundings that feels like stepping into a fairy tale.